Is there anything grosser than the Vegas-style bachelorette party featuring cheap champagne, a white limo, and a male stripper with a waxed chest named Willie? This old-school hen party bacchanalia has become the first resort for even the most tasteful, sentient woman when it comes to celebrating their about-to-be-betrothed best friend… but why? It doesn’t have to be that way.
Enter Julie Schumacher, textile artist and founder of Brooklyn-based home good shop Of This Century, who has perfected the art of the artful and alternative DIY bachelorette party activity: ice dyeing silk scarves. “It’s just the greatest thing for a bunch of women to do together,” she says. “And you don’t need to have a background in art to partake. You can be messy and imprecise as you want and it will still come out beautifully.” (In other words, the perfect craft to mix with cocktails.)
So forgo the molly and the vodka cranberries in favor of silk scarves, ice cubes, soda ash, and dye, and get to work—you’ll never have to play Pin The Tail On The Penis again.